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Best Free Museums in Johannesburg

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Wits Art Museum

Wits Art Museum had humble beginnings, as a collection that was meant to be a teaching aid at the university. Generous patronage from Norman Herber allowed the faculty to acquire newer works. A major donation of classical African art in 1978 started things, and today, the museum has one of the finest collections of African art in the country. From modern works to historical art from all over Africa, the collection is extensive. The Standard Bank African Art Collection is the focal point of the museum. Other prominent exhibits include the Wits Museum of Ethnology Collection, The Sekoto Collection and The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. The modern museum building has state-of-the-art facilities to preserve the works. The on-site cafe offers a selection of snacks and light bites.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre

Housed in the Witwatersrand University property, The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre claims to be the only museum of life sciences in the city of Johannesburg. Established in 2003, this museum was formed by the merger of the C. E. Moss Herbarium and Zoology museum. The C. E. Moss herbarium dates back to 1917 and boasts of a collection of 100000 botanical specimens from around the world. The Zoology museum dates back to 1922 and was founded by the Zoology Head of Department Professor Fantham. This museum was started as an attempt for the better understanding of the subject with the collections imported from Europe. Now, the zoology museum boasts of a collection of 60,000 specimens, out of which 40,000 are embryological specimens which are touted to be one of the largest embryological collections in the southern hemisphere.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Goodman Gallery

The Goodman Gallery is situated just minutes away from the happening suburb of Rosebank, with its plethora of hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Home to the works of many of South Africa's most respected artists, the gallery holds exhibitions roughly once a month, but there is quite a variety of contemporary artworks perennially on display. These range from works produced by older, well-established artists, to artworks created on the cutting edge of local culture and experience. Anyone with an interest in the fine arts would do well to pay a visit to the Goodman Gallery and have a justifiably long browse.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Kliptown Open Air Museum

Housed at the Walter Sisulu Square, the Kliptown Open Air Museum chronicles the tale of the drafting of the Freedom Charter. This open air museum showcases several newspaper clippings, photographs, sound bites, song recordings that take you through the process of Freedom Charter Draft. Experience the country's struggle for freedom and equal rights as told by the people who were present to witness the same. The museum features several artifacts, sculptures of the key-supporters of the Freedom Charter like Lillian Ngoyi, Z. K. Matthews and others and stands as a reminder to the importance of equality and democracy.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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